Worshippers performing Taraweeh prayers.
Amid an atmosphere full of security, safety, and adherence to precautionary measures, the first Taraweeh prayer was performed at the Grand Mosque in Makkah and the Prophet’s Mosque in Madinah on the first night of the Holy Month of Ramadan on Monday.
The prayers were conducted after the approval of the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman Bin Abdulaziz Al Saud to hold Taraweeh prayers in the mosques and reduce them to 10 Rakats, reported Saudi Press Agency (SPA) on Tuesday.
The General Presidency for the Affairs of the Grand Mosque and the Prophet's Mosque said it would ensure that preventive measures are adhered to throughout the premises, in coordination with various departments and relevant authorities.
In addition to screening points and thermal cameras, the General Presidency has also intensified the sanitisation programme with environmentally friendly sterilisers and detergents subjected to high requirements and specifications that do not affect public health.
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Mask-clad worshippers entered Makkah's Grand Mosque in batches to perform the ritual of circling the sacred Kaaba, a cubic structure towards which Muslims around the world pray, along socially distanced paths.
The presidency said through an infographic that it published on its Twitter account, “The statistics of the number of worshippers and pilgrims during the night of Ramadan 27 are 2,624,105.”
"Ramadan's Taraweeh (evening) prayer can be performed at home if it cannot be performed at mosques due to the preventive measures taken to fight the spread of coronavirus," he said in response to a question, adding that the same applies for Eid prayers, according to the paper.
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